Dr Bruno De Nicola

Staff details

Position Lecturer in the History of the Middle East
Department History
Email b.denicola (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Bruno De Nicola

Bruno De Nicola is a cultural historian of the Middle East. His research interests include medieval and early modern history of Iran, Central Asia and Anatolia with a special emphasis on the history of the Mongol Empire, Persian historiography and Islamic manuscripts. His doctoral research explores the role of women in the Mongol Empire, by looking at the transformation of women’s social, political and economic status as the Mongols expanded westwards in the thirteenth century.

Academic qualifications

  • BA History, University of Barcelona 2004
  • MA Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS (University of London). 2006
  • PhD Middle Eastern History, Pembroke College (University of Cambridge). 2011

Teaching and Supervision

Research interests

After concluding his PhD, he broadened his area of research to develop an interest in the application of Digital Humanities to the study of Islamic manuscripts, and became Project Curator of Persian Manuscripts at the British Library. Afterwards, he obtained a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of St. Andrews to take part the ERC funded project, "The Islamisation of Anatolia”. Since then, he has been working on literary patronage of Persian Literature in Iran and Anatolia, exploring the relationship between local rulers and the production of Persian Manuscripts in the medieval Persianate World.

In September 2017, he has been awarded a Research Fellowship at the Institute of Iranian Studies (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna) where he conducted research until August 2020. In 2019, he received the prestigious START-PRIZE award from the Austrian Science Fund for a six-year project titled “Nomads’ Manuscripts Landscape” to investigate aspects of transculturation as reflected in Islamic manuscripts from medieval Iran and Central Asia.



De Nicola, Bruno . 2017. Women in Mongol Iran: The Khatuns, 1206-1335. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9781474415477

Edited Book

De Nicola, Bruno and Melville, Charles, eds. 2016. The Mongols' Middle East: Continuity and Transformation in Ilkhanid Iran. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 9789004311992

Peacock, A C S; De Nicola, Bruno and Yildiz, Sara Nur, eds. 2015. Islam and Christianity in medieval Anatolia. Farnham (Surrey): Ashgate. ISBN 9781472448637

De Nicola, Bruno ; Mendel, Yonatan and Qutbuddin, Husain, eds. 2010. Reflections on knowledge and language in Middle Eastern societies. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 1443824305

Book Section

De Nicola, Bruno . 2020. Pādshāh Khatun: An Example of Architectural, Religious, and Literary Patronage in Ilkhanid Iran. In: Michal Biran; Jonathan Brack and Francesca Fiaschetti, eds. Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia: Generals, Merchants, and Intellectuals. Oakland, California: University of California Press, pp. 270-289. ISBN 9780520298743

De Nicola, Bruno . 2019. On the outskirts of the Ilkhanate: the Mongols’ relationship with the province of Kastamonu in the second half of the 13th century. In: , ed. Cultural Encounters in Anatolia in the Medieval Period: The Ilkhanids in Anatolia. Ankara: VEKAM, pp. 117-135. ISBN 978-605-9388-23-8

De Nicola, Bruno . 2017. The Role of the Domestic Sphere in the Islamisation of the Mongols. In: A.C.S. Peacock, ed. Islamisation: Comparative perspectives from History. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 353-376. ISBN 9781474417129

De Nicola, Bruno . 2016. The Economic role of Mongol women: continuity and transformation from Mongolia to Iran. In: Bruno De Nicola and Charles Melville, eds. The Mongols' Middle East: Continuity and Transformation in Ilkhanid Iran. 127 Leiden: Brill, pp. 79-105. ISBN 9789004311992

De Nicola, Bruno . 2015. The Fusṭāṭ al-ʿadāla: a unique Manuscript on the Religious Landscape of Medieval Anatolia. In: A.C.S. Peacock and Sara Nur Yildiz, eds. Literature and Intellectual Life in Islamic Anatolia in the 14th-15th Centuries: Historical, Social and Political Perspectives. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, pp. 49-72. ISBN 9783956501579

De Nicola, Bruno ; Mendel, Yonatan and Qutbbudin, Hussein. 2010. Introduction. In: Bruno De Nicola; Yonatan Mendel and Hussein Qutbbudin, eds. Knowledge and Language in Middle Eastern Societies. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 1-10. ISBN 1443824305


De Nicola, Bruno . 2021. Фустат ал-‘адала: уникальная рукопись о религиозном ландшафте средневековой Анатолии. Orientalistica, 4(1), pp. 121-147. ISSN 2618-7043

De Nicola, Bruno . 2020. Manuscripts and Digital Technologies: A Renewed Research Direction in the History of Ilkhanid Iran. Iran Namag, 5(1), pp. 20-37.

De Nicola, Bruno . 2018. A Digital Database of Islamic Manuscripts for the Study of the Medieval Anatolia. Kodex. Jahrbuch der Internationalen Buchwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft, 8, pp. 23-38.

De Nicola, Bruno . 2018. Letters from Mongol Anatolia: Professional, Political and Intellectual Connections among Members of a Persianised Elite. Iran: Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies, 56(1), pp. 77-90. ISSN 0578-6967

De Nicola, Bruno . 2016. The Queen of the Chaghataids: Orghīna Khātūn and the rule of Central Asia. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 26(1-2), pp. 107-120. ISSN 1356-1863

De Nicola, Bruno . 2015. Book review of Reuven Amitai, Holy war and rapprochement: Studies in the relations between the Mamluk Sultanate and the Mongol Ilkhanate (1260-1335). Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques, 30, pp. 84-85.

De Nicola, Bruno . 2014. The Ladies of Rūm: A Hagiographic View of Women in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Anatolia. Journal of Sufi Studies, 3(2), pp. 132-156. ISSN 2210-5948

De Nicola, Bruno . 2014. Patrons or murids? Mongol women and shaykhs in Ilkhanid Iran and Anatolia. Iran: Journal of British Institute of Persian Studies, 52(1), pp. 143-156. ISSN 0578-6967

De Nicola, Bruno . 2014. Book review of Judith Pfeiffer (ed.), Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th-15th Century Tabriz. Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques, 29, pp. 137-138.

De Nicola, Bruno . 2010. Book review of Konrad Hirschler, Medieval Arabic Historiography. Authors as Actors. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 37(2), pp. 209-210. ISSN 1353-0194

De Nicola, Bruno . 2009. Book review of Hugh Kennedy. The Great Arab Conquest: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World we live in. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 36(2), pp. 316-317. ISSN 1353-0194

De Nicola, Bruno . 2008. Las mujeres mongolas en los siglos XII y XIII. Un análisis sobre el rol de la madre y la esposa de Ghinggis Khan. Acta Histórica et Arqueológica Medievalia, 27/28, pp. 37-64.

De Nicola, Bruno . 2008. Book review of George Lane, Daily Life in the Mongol Empire. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 71(1), pp. 139-141. ISSN 0041-977X

De Nicola, Bruno and et, al.. 2003. Baixem de les tarimes i connectem: Recerca en Història Medieval i innovació docent. Acta Historica et Archeologicae Medievalia, 25, pp. 977-1003.

Further profile content

Media engagements

2020: Die Spuren der Mongolen in den Archiven
Jahresbericht der ÖAW (Austria)

2019: Die Mongolen waren kein barbarisches Reitervolk
Interview with newspaper Die Presse (Austria)

2019: Nomadische Schriften
Interview with newspaper Kronen Zeitung (Austria).

Grants and awards

2019: START prize (FWF - Austria)
Six years research grant for outstanding young researchers of any discipline with two or more years research experience as Postdoc

2018: Fritz Thyssen Stiftung Conference Organisation Award
Support for the workshop “Beyond Printed Sources: Medieval Manuscripts as Evidence for the History of the Persianate World” organised by the IFI (OEAW - Austria) and Goldsmiths College

2017: Book Prize
'Book of Excellence for the Year 2017 on the subject Iranian Culture and Civilization', awarded by the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in the UK

2018: BIPS (British Institute of Persian Studies) Research Award

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